Stamkos has 33 goals and 68 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 62 games). "We've made it a series". If they aren't moving the needle against Washington's best players, it's going to be the biggest reason why the Lightning don't rally back and claim the East. He pointed to Game 4 against the New Jersey Devils in the opening round, when Kucherov had points on all three Lightning goals. "I'm very happy with the way we played from start to finish".
But after Washington failed to convert on a power play resulting from Ryan Callahan's roughing penalty at 13:20, Brayden Point scored from the left circle at 16:03 to increase Tampa Bay's lead to 4-1. "We got ourselves back in the series by playing a lot more of a structured game and we're confident we can do that again". Both Holtby and Vasilevskiy have 30-plus save performances to force extra time, and John Carlson sneaks a shot through traffic to put the Capitals up 3-1 in the series.
"We know we have to stay out of the box", Capitals forward Tom Wilson said.
These are the players paid to make a difference.
Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored goals for the Capitals, who are 7-1 in the playoffs on the road following a dominating 6-2 win in game two in Florida.
"They converted on the chances they had".
"Of course, you feel it a little bit when your ownership - management - goes out and makes some big trades", Stamkos said. Here's a look at what the official NHL Rulebook has to say on the subject. "We had so many good looks. It's just so much better to play with the lead".
Washington had far more shots on goal in Game 3 and Holtby should be able to bounce back from a subpar effort, although the Lightning did do a good job placing shots in the top shelf where even the best goalie would struggle to stop them.
It's understandable if people are starting to get nervous, given the playoff history of the Capitals and the fact the Lightning has never lost in six playoff games at Washington. A Lightning victory guarantees a sixth game. The Lightning pressured them into making some sloppy passes in the defensive zone Tuesday and their zone exits weren't as clean. "That was partly on us, but I think they forced us into some uncomfortable situations, and that's something we want to clean up".
After two no-shows in the first two games on home ice, the Lightning found their groove and got it together like they needed to in order to make this a series.
This may be the unpopular opinion, and we can't even believe we are about to say this, but the NHL Department of Player Safety made the right call here. Playing that way at home has been a problem throughout the playoffs. Will that change tonight in Game 4 as Washington is the small home favorite?
The Capitals have converted on 24.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that's good enough for seventh-best in the league. "We weren't executing the way we normally did in the last couple of games". So just pretend you're on the road.